Fav. Tracks: Woodstock Two – Various Artists

jimi-hendrix-woodstock-two-4231451 Woodstock Two – Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).

This is an old vinyl double-album dating back to 1971 and is a second release of material from the famous Woodstock Festival and, as such, is perhaps not quite as good as the first album, but still has some important bands and music and remains an important recording of this historical event that gave birth to all other music festivals (and saw the development of the peace movement so tightly associated with hippies and the youth of the time in general).

Picking a favourite track from this album was not too difficult and I immediately chose this classic hit from the brilliant Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  I love the catchy tune and the lyrics are brilliant and tell the tale of that early 70s era.

Catch a bit more of the era with the closing song sung by most of the artists who appeared and featuring a track made famous by the musical stage play “Hair”

The album tracks:

Jam Back at the House Jimi Hendrix
Izabella Jimi Hendrix
Get My Heart Back Together Jimi Hendrix
Saturday Afternoon/Won’t You Try Jefferson Airplane
Eskimo Blue Day Jefferson Airplane
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Paul Butterfield
Sweet Sir Galahad Joan Baez
Guinnevere Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
4 + 20 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Marrakesh Express Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
My Beautiful People Melanie
Birthday of the Sun Melanie
Blood of the Sun Mountain
Theme for an Imaginary Woman Mountain
Woodstock Boogie Canned Heat
Let the Sunshine In Various Artists

Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 2 – Cocaine (J.J. Cale)

The second CD of this small boxed set is another collection of wonderful guitar riffs and tune.  However, picking a favourite was, again, very easy for me as this track (cocaine) is one of my all time favourite blues track.

The riff is instantly recognisable and a great complement to words that I think are an interesting reflection of the world.  This is a really good foot-tapping tune and one everyone should have in their blues collection, whether it be Clapton’s version of this one  by JJ Cale.

The album tracks:

Big Log – Plant, Robert
Purple Rain – Prince
Road To Hell (part 2) – Rea, Chris
Parisienne Walkways – Moore, Gary
Jessica – Allman Brothers
Woodstock – Matthew’s Southern Comfort
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Turn To Stone – Walsh, Joe
Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Hold The Line – Toto
More Than A Feeling – Boston
Guitar Town – Earle, Steve
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) – Palmer, Robert
Jail Bait – Wishbone Ash
Cocaine – Cale, J.J.
Blue Guitar – Hayward, Justin & John Lodge
Going Home (Local Hero theme) – Knopfler, Mark
Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzy

Fav. Tracks: While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – Various Artists

whilemyguitar%20lge While My Guitar Gently Weeps Disc 1 – While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Jeff Healey Band)

This double CD is a wonderful collection of some of the best guitar work in recent rock history.  However, picking a favourite track from this first CD was relatively easy as the title track has always been one of my favourite pieces of music.

The introduction has a wonderful sound to it and really fits to the chorus and track title – the guitar really does weep.  The lyrics, in my view, are an amazing commentary on the world and the chorus easy to sing along with – just rock music at its best.

The album tracks:

After Midnight – Clapton, Eric
Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
Samba Pa Ti – Santana
Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Keep On Lovin’ You – REO Speedwagon
Show Me The Way (live) – Frampton, Peter
Little Bit Of Love – Free
Right Next Door (Because Of Me) – Cray, Robert Band
Thrill Is Gone – King, B.B.
Sweet Dreams – Buchanan, Roy
Cryin’ Won’t Bring You Back – Green, Peter
Chance – Big Country
I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
Shine Silently – Lofgren, Nils
Bird Of Paradise – White, Snowy
What’s Going On – Taste
Badge – Cream
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Healey, Jeff Band

Fav. Tracks: The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Various Artists

The Very Best Of MTV Unplugged 2 - FRONT The Very Best of MTV Unplugged, Vol. 2 – Wicked Game (Chris Isaak).

I am not sure how I came to this album, but I have a feeling I may have downloaded it to get this one track.  However, there are some other interesting tracks, some of which I had not heard before and others that were major hits.

I love the introduction to this track the guitar is superb and there is a great rhythm to the tune.  Chris Isaak’s voice is perfect for this song and he provides a real depth to the sound and that interesting shift in key is superb.  All in all a great track.

The album tracks:

Every Breath You Take Sting
Wicked Game Chris Isaak
Zombie The Cranberries
Imitation of Life R.E.M.
Layla Eric Clapton
Four Seasons in One Day Crowded House
Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Rod Stewart
Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Human Behaviour Björk
Crazy Seal
Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil
Run, Baby, Run Sheryl Crow
I’m Ready Bryan Adams
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me Elton John

Fav. Tracks: Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Various Artists

VERTIGOANNUAL_GER2 Vertigo Annual: 1970 – Three Sisters – Affinity,

This double album (vinyl) is one of my all-time favourite “sampler” albums and is a wonderful illustration of how progressive music was developing quickly and being marketed in 1970.  The music on this album led me to buy several other albums by the featured artists, so it did its job very well, but it a collection of many of major bands of the time.  In picking a favourite track I feel I should avoid those bands that I have listed elsewhere and, so, I choose a piece of music that I think is very catchy and an example of rock music developing from progressive rock sounds, from a band that launched from The University of Sussex, produced a single album, but then disappeared.

I like the rhythm that opens the track and the way the lyrics echo the story of the witches from Macbeth.  The music has hints of Black Sabbath and I can imagine a powerful stage-act built around this (although, because the band mainly played universities, this probably would not have happened).

The Album tracks:

Elegy Colosseum
Handbags and Gladrags Rod Stewart
Half Baked Jimmy Campbell
I Don’t Know May Blitz
Mississippi Woman Juicy Lucy
In My Box Fairfield Parlour
Goin’ My Way Magna Carta
Three Sisters Affinity
Behind the Wall of Sleep Black Sabbath
Introduction Gracious
To Play Your Little Game Cressida
Elastic Rock Nucleus
One Way Glass Manfred Mann, Chapter Three
No Time Like The Present Bob Downes
Summer Breeze Dr Strangely Strange
Gypsy Uriah Heep

Fav. Tracks: Together – Various Artists

200px-TogetherSampler Together – Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo (Johnny Winter).

This is one of the albums (vinyl) I mentioned earlier where the music company (in this case CBS) is promoting their own music (in this case mostly progressive rock, rock, country and a hint of blues) and is a classic example of why I liked to purchase these albums (a great way to hear some new bands, or some bands I had not heard as yet, but had read about etc.).  In fact this album got me interested in Johnny Winter, Poco, Soft Machine and Big Brother and The Holding Company to mention only a few.  Oh!  I nearly forgot to mention that this was also the first coloured vinyl that I ever owned – the album is coloured blue (this was to become something of a fashion during the 70s).

Choosing Johnny Winter was not too difficult as shortly after I bought this album I was at a concert at The University in hull where The Winter Brothers played and it was a great concert.  This track is a classic piece of rock music and is an excellent track.  However, the album also features some great tracks and is still a good play.

The Tracks:

Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Johnny Winter
Found a Child – Ballin’ Jack
Move Over – Janis Joplin
Se A Cabo – Santana
Cast Your Spell Uranus – Argent
Mr Natural – Big Brother and the Holding Company
New York City – Dreams
Teeth – Soft Machine
A Man Like Me – Poco
Merrimac County – Tom Rush
Lover of the Bayou – The Byrds
Waterfall – Mick Softley
Fool – Trees
Morning Will Come – Spirit
Beads of Sweat – Laura Nyro
Going to the Mill – The Chamber Brothers

Fav. Tracks: Soul Party – Various Artists

Soul Party Soul Party – Hey Joe (The Jimi Hendrix Experience).

This album (vinyl) dates back to 1968 and shows that I was already buying soul music well before Northern Soul made it more popular.  However, I have always thought that this album is a strange collection with Jimi Hendrix playing more rock/blues than soul.  Despite that fact, there is also some really great soul on the album played by some less-well-known bands.  This is a good album from the distant past.

Despite not seeing Hey Joe as soul music, it is by far and away my favourite track from the album and is probably one the best pieces that Jimi Hendrix played.  His guitar work on this track is exceptional, but, for me, it is the lyrics that make this track so great.

The Tracks:

Grits ‘n  Cornbread – The Soulrunners
Headline News – Edwin Starr
In Between The Heartaches – Donnie Elbert
Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby – Suie & Big Dee Irwin
I Like What I’m Trying To Do – Waygood Ellis
Stone Free – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Too Far Gone – Donnie Elbert
Hey Joe – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I Spy (For The FBI) – Jamo Thomas and His Party Brothers Orchestra
Spreading Honey – The Soulrunners
Judy In Disguise – The Amboy Dukes
Don’t Feel Sorry For Me – The Ikettes